SI Swimsuit Issue

Last year I started a category called Offended Silence based on a blog written by my sister-in-law. I vowed then that I would no longer be silently offended by the smut I and my family are regularly exposed to in advertising. I haven’t done much with it, but my annual battle against something I absolutely hate has come up again. Yes, the SI swimsuit issue.

In my opinion, this magazine is nothing more than a gateway to hardcore pornography. Using President Hinckley’s definition of porn, this certainly qualifies as at least soft porn.

The thing that I dislike the most is that the images and filth in this magazine are readily available to anyone with the money to buy it. In fact, the first time I ever saw one was when my fellow 10th grade classmates brought one to school. It was horrible then; it’s worse now.

Every year, I make an effort to discover the primary sponsors, and then I write a complaint letter outlining why I disagree with their decision to sponsor pornography and why I will no longer be purchasing their products until they stop sponsoring this type of product. The truly sad thing is that a large number of the sponsors are thought of as “family” companies.

Here’s a list of some of this year’s sponsors and the websites you can go to to complain. I invite everyone to join in letting your thoughts be heard on this issue. If you need more encouragement, check out the March Visiting Teaching message in the Ensign.

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6 Responses to SI Swimsuit Issue

  1. Sarah says:

    Thank you! Since when does laying mostly naked in the sun count as a sport anyway? I’m going to write to those companies.

  2. daveloveless says:

    Thanks Sarah! I knew that you would definitely write them since you were the inspiration behind all of this.

    If anyone feels the need to link up or post this on your own blog, feel free. The more the merrier!

  3. Sarah Bailey says:

    Argh, I don’t want to but guess I’ll have to.

    I was watching the ABC webcast at work the other day, and was horrified that the SI swimsuit issue qualified as news *and* they plastered it across my screen. Thanks alot ABC news. Off to write a letter…

  4. daveloveless says:

    Good job Sarah!

    Oh, and I guess this qualifies you for some kind of reward or something, but you were the 1,000th commenter on my blog. I should make up a t-shirt or something and send it to you. 🙂

  5. marlajayne says:

    I’m paraphrasing, but wasn’t it Edmund Burke who said something like, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” It’s good to know there are still some good men (and women) out there.

  6. nosurfgirl says:

    Grrr. To me the most offensive thing is the objectification of women’s bodies as entertainment. I mean I guess it can go the other way, but since when do women find it entertaining to look at (for instance) a guy in a speedo?

    let’s see… NEVER.

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